SERN Meeting In Grafton

The Southeast Nebraska Resource Network (SERN) held their quarterly meeting in Grafton at Gary’s Brickhouse Grille on July 31. Fillmore County Development Corporation (FCDC) served as the host to 35 resource providers, economic developers, and community stakeholders

After a short business meeting, a round table was held where everyone present gave information about programs, events, projects, etc. that was going on in their area.

The Community and Business Spotlights were presented by Sue Baumann and Neal Ely. Baumann talked about how the community and village of Grafton worked together to bring a recycling trailer to the community. She also told about the success of the 24/7 Fitness Center that is located in the Grafton Community Center. They have more members than the population of Grafton so it is used by many people outside of the village limits as well.

Neal Ely talked about his involvement in Future Farmers of America and how that led to his business of Ely Farms and his development of pickled asparagus. He now sells the product throughout Nebraska, through GROW NebraskaTM and on-line from the Ely Farms website.
After lunch, Willow Holoubek, executive director from the Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN), presented on Agricultural Enterprise: An Important Economic Opportunity.

The Alliance for the Future of Agriculture in Nebraska (A-FAN) is a non-profit organization formed by leading agricultural membership groups in Nebraska such as the Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Corn Growers Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation, Nebraska Pork Producers Association, Nebraska Poultry Industries and Nebraska Soybean Association.

These groups understand that livestock production is a critical component to Nebraska’s future providing vitality and opportunity for rural communities, adding value to Nebraska’s agricultural output and energizing the economy of the entire state. With the support of other membership groups, commodity organizations and private business, A-FAN works with individual producers and communities across Nebraska to encourage the development of environmentally responsible and economically viable livestock production in the state.

SERN is a regional group of resource specialists from various organizations/businesses from the counties of Fillmore, Polk, Butler, Saunders, York, Seward, Lancaster, Cass, Otoe, Saline, Gage, Johnson, Nemaha, Thayer, Jefferson, Pawnee and Richardson. The group meets on a quarterly basis to discuss programs and resources offered by various agencies.

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